Cyber Physical Systems that Engage Citizens in Societal Challenges, Human-Centric Design and Innovation

This site provides information on my industry consultancy services, research projects, academic publications, books, courses, industry tutorials and keynote talks on Human-Centered Software Engineering (HCSE), User-Centric and User Experience Design and their applications for Cyber Physical Systems.

I coined the term HCSE to refer to the human experiences and factors that quantify the quality of software products, systems and services from a human perspective including usability, privacy, accessibility, adoption, acceptability, safety, sustainability and the trade-offs and conflicts between these quality attributes and the other quality attributes such as security.

My academic research is at the crossroads of Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Design Sciences. Current interets include the HCI/human side of cyber physical systems (CPS) design, architectural patterns and HCI patterns for the seamless integration between digital twin and physical objects. I’m also investigating the applications of CPS for sustainability development including human-data interaction, the practices of sustainability innovation by design and the design of CPS that engage citizens in societal challenges.

The fundamental objective undying all my research projects is the development and validation of a unifying design theory that I called “The Design is Right and The Right Design: How to Measure and Theorize Right”. My work is grounded in theories of design and the seminal work of Hebert Simon and other theorists such as Hatchuel, A; B. Weil who developed the C-K design theory or concept-knowledge theory. CK is both a design theory and a theory of reasoning in design.

When I have time and I always have, I’m a humanitarian designer (Designing everyday things that can reduce suffering and inequality while creating peace, health, and happiness for every citizen of the World). My other hobbies include writing poems that I never published, designing lamps that I never put on the art market (just offering them to friends), as well as talking and writing about the Oriental Jazz that I see as a bridge over the gaps between the Western and Oriental Worlds, another way to view humanitarian design.

Positions

  • Present2015

    Professor

    Lappeenranta University of Technology